Doruletz, I think your OS views may be a bit heavy. Linux also does what you don't want it to do.
Yeah Intel and Nvidia all over. AMD too many problems I have heard about.
NO, not really. That is you know what you're doing....
If you set it up right, and COMPLETELY uninstall MONO (the Microsoft's .NET Framework), you will never have anything weird going on in a Linux PC.
You can even avoid any annoying and potentially dangerous cookies and other over the web malware from your browser, if you run it in FIREJAIL mode (works great for Firefox, which is the only thing I use).